It isn’t every day that a young player is scouted by both Real Madrid and Barcelona and eventually does sign for them, but that is exactly the story behind the discovery of Marco Asensio from Spain. The attacker was born Palma, Spain and joined the youth setup of Mallorca at the age of 10.
Despite being on a youth contract for most of his time at Mallorca, Asensio was often called up to the first team and did impress. The attacker was soon catching the eyes of some of the biggest clubs in the land and Real Madrid were the ones who finally got his signature and ensured he returned back to his club, Mallorca on loan, thus also defeating their arch-rivals Barcelona for his signature.
With so much riding on him we try to find out who this sprightly 19-year-old is and how good he could be in the future?
Future perfect for Asensio
Asensio, like most players in the world, can play on either wing or just behind the striker in a more central role; in fact most of his best performances have come just playing behind the striker. The attacker has a great left-foot but that is also one of his major weaknesses since he always wants to shift onto his favoured foot and his weaker foot isn’t the best, though this isn’t a major flaw as he could work on this to improve his ability.
Currently on loan at Espanyol, Asensio has also represented Spain at the U19 level and won the Golden Player award in the European U19 championships in 2015. One of his greatest strengths is his vision; Asensio knows the perfect time to play his team mate through or when to have a pop at goal. His timing of passes and ability is also amazing for someone who is just 19-years-old.
He loves to run at defenders as well, he does possess some great control and dribbling ability, not unexpected to be honest by a Spanish attacking player from this generation. He also loves to pick the ball up from deeper positions and launching attacks, another plus for the young midfielder. Asensio could be a perfect option for many Premier League clubs since he has the ability to attack and run with the ball.
The fact that he is on loan away from Real Madrid shouldn’t be a surprise, after all the plethora of talent that is available in Spain does make it tough for someone as young as Asensio to breakthrough. Hopefully for his case, his loan at Espanyol does work out and he does get a chance to play for one of the big teams in Spain or he could go the Gerard Deulofeu route and end up in the Premier League. That would not be the worst thing out there at all.
Here is a small compilation of Asensio